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ARTIST
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Golden Anchor
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CD

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RELEASE DATE
6/11/2013

M=Maximal presents a record by Oliver Lichtl aka Uphill Racer, showing us that those who walk down the path of the search for the unknown might also just find what they have been looking for. Having worked together with Aydo Abay (Blackmail) and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) on his last album, the man from Ingolstadt, Germany now embarks solo on a whole new road with his fifth album, Golden Anchor. Catchy tags such as "bedroom electronica," "indie songwriting," and "modern dream-pop" may give us a hint on his latest work. In the case of Uphill Racer, however, it is about a discovery rather than being confined to known places. With Lichtl one experiences a mellotronic melancholy that meets exhilarating guitar chords. They transmit a sparkling sense of hope even in the presence of the lightest synth gimmicks. Meanwhile, vocals hover between feelings of obliviousness and scenes of apparent romanticism. Instead of fixing its eye on the pop scene, Golden Anchor settles down in a place where acoustic craftsmanship reigns. It is an album that highlights the imperfection of our beings without wasting a single word in the process.